As Christmas comes closer, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on my time so far as Mayor of Solihull.
This year has seen two important centenaries that I have been privileged to commemorate with the borough.
Firstly, in July, I was presented with a wreath by Dame Caroline Spelman MP to mark the one 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage.
This was a proud moment for me as a sitting female mayor a century after women got the vote.
More recently, in November, Solihull commemorated 100 years since the end of the First World War.
The moving service in the morning and the beacon lighting in the evening were a fitting tribute to those that sacrificed so much for us, all those years ago.
As well as these major national occasions, I have had the opportunity to attend many varied events and meet a large number of interesting, dedicated and wonderful Solihull residents and businesses.
This aspect of being Mayor is so rewarding, as I get to see first-hand all the warmth, kindness, generosity and entrepreneurship displayed by people from all across the borough.
It is particularly important at Christmas time to reflect on those examples of kindness and generosity towards others that we have seen throughout 2018, as we turn our thoughts to those who are struggling at this time of year. Please keep an eye out for neighbours who might not be so lucky as to be surrounded by loved ones during the festive season.
I am sure that the community spirit and support for one another I see all the time as Mayor will be on display more than ever during the Christmas holiday.
Whoever you are celebrating with this year, my husband Honorary Alderman Alan Nash and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.
The Mayor of Solihull
Councillor Flo Nash